January Nanowrimo

Most writers partake in the November grind of Nanowrimo and each ynanoear, I set my heart out to writing something new. But each year I fail. It makes me laugh thinking about it. November for me is a busy month, as is December. So this year, my friend Alyssa and I have decided to do our own Nano in the month of January. It’s going to be a fresh start to the new year with a new story to work on and motivation to sustain us the rest of the year. We hope. January seems like a good month to do Nano since we can never accomplish the 50,000 word goal in November.

What do you think?  Can you commit to writing 50,000 words in January in support of a fresh writing start of the new year?

Now that I’ve committed to this, I’ll tell you a little something about what I plan to write. There are actually two stories I want to get down in 2017.

The first is a young adult dystopian called THE FOG.

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In a communist country where the government chooses who you are and how you live, Keltie Robinson and her criminal family of four thrive as assassins underground with the rest of the Revolutionaries. Keltie’s life has been a steady stream of training and missions since they moved underground, and now she wants out. To escape life in the United States, Keltie and her family must travel through the deadliest fog anyone’s ever seen. Only passing through to the other side will give them access to freedom and a new world they’ve all dreamed of.

 

And the second book is a new adult, romantic suspense called BLEEDING ALONE following my debut novel Bleeding Hearts, published in August of 2016.

Ruby Mae Lavender, an art student at VCU finds joy in creating contemporary paintings to display all around campus. When one of her pieces catches the eye of the misrepresented museum curator, Josh Moore, she is enthralled by his praises. Not only is he handsome and kind, he will also help her get noticed in the art world. As Josh and Ruby Mae start their relationship as business colleagues and as a couple, they start to uncover dark secrets about one another. Can Ruby Mae forgive Josh for the past he knew nothing about until now, or will she dismiss him like she has with her previous boyfriends?

Will you take the plunge with us and write 50,000 words in January?

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Bleeding Hearts eBook Giveaway

Bleeding Hearts will be out for four months on Christmas day!

So, in celebration of my four month eBook anniversary, I will be doing a Rafflecopter giveaway for a free copy of my book! How exciting!

In case I haven’t talked about my book enough, here’s the blurb and links for you to check it out. This would make great Christmas gifts.

Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare. 

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.  

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

 

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Be Thankful

During the holidays, we often become busy with work, shopping, baking, and much more and sometimes we forget to spend time with people that mean the most. Be thankful those people are still in your life and make the best of every moment!

For Thanksgiving, I will often have multiple dinners to attend. Two sometimes three dinners to celebrate, eat and get fat with loved ones. This year I have at least two. During those dinners, we like to talk, play games and go through the Black Friday ads.

What are some of your holiday traditions? food

This year, we are sticking with the classic foods for Thanksgiving, turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and probably a lot more.

What do you normally eat for dinner?

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I also like to sit back after a full meal and read a great book. This year I am reading Starlight Inn by Lucie Ulrich. It’s a fun, Christmas romance and I’m already about half way through. It’s great so far!

Here’s a quick blurb:

On her way to celebrate her birthday and Christmas with her family, Ella Dixon finds herself trapped in the middle of a blizzard. She 61yzcflkmplseeks refuge at The Starlight Inn. Though the inn is full, an elderly guest offers to share her room. Accepting the kind offer, Ella soon realizes Tillie Spencer isn’t your average “little old lady.” She knows things nobody else does, and appears to come and go on a whim.

Nick Wallace runs the inn along with sister, Fran. The attraction Nick feels for Ella is instantaneous and unexpected, but with the miles that separate them, and both busy with their careers, Nick doubts much will come of their Christmas Eve meeting. Tillie, on the other hand, holds a much different view.

Though Tillie won’t admit to being an angel, Nick and Ella think otherwise. How else can they explain the twists and turns that began at The Starlight Inn.

What are you reading this holiday season?

If you need something to read, feel free to check out my book Bleeding Hearts. It’s a romantic suspense about a serial killer and his girlfriend.

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Calling Myself an Author

So now that I’ve officially published my first book Bleeding Hearts, I can call myself an img_1839-1author. In my mind, I’ve always been a writer and have dreamed of publishing. Did I think it was a reality? Honestly, no I didn’t. But now that it is, what am I to do?

Simple, keep writing, publishing and promoting. For those that don’t know, being an author isn’t all roses and hearts. I work hard to promote my work and myself. Although sometimes I get nervous talking to people about myself and my book, I know it will only help in the long run.

What’s in store for my readers? This is a tough question, I want to tell everyone that I’ll have a new book published soon, but that means I have to finish something. I’ll give you some insight on what I’m working on.

baBLEEDING ALONE is book two in the Bleeding Hearts series. I’ve been slowly working on this book. It’s harder than I thought it was going to be, and after some thought I was going to stop its progress and put it to rest, but I can’t do that to y’all. So, I’m going to work hard on this book and hopefully sometime in 2017 it will be out.

Here’s a short blurb of Bleeding Alone:This story follows a secondary character from the first book named Ruby Mae Lavender. She’s an art student at a university and she meets the famous serial killer, Carson but she doesn’t respond with animosity like everyone else has. There’s more romance, fear, and murders in this second book!

The other story I am working on is a YA suspense titled SCARRED. Jules Martinez was in love at fifteen, but her love story turned into a nightmare when she found herself a victim of domestic abuse. To help with her fear and ending a bad relationship, she joins a mixed martial arts gym, training every day. Now, eighteen years old and ready to go to college, she still suffers from her past. But it gets worse when Christopher comes back into her life again.

So, there you have it, my goal for the next couple of months! I will keep you updated and maybe even share some excerpts as I’m writing. Please make sure to follow my FB page for additional updates. You can purchase Bleeding Hearts on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and more.

 

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Bleeding Hearts Release!

Almost every woman wants a happily ever after. Cami feels the same way. She wants to find her one true love and start living her life. When Carson comes along, he’s the whole package; handsome, charming, and an all out savior! But what Cami doesn’t know, is every move Carson makes is carefully planned out. He has an alterior motive when it comes to Cami.

Bleeding Hearts is finally here. You can pick up your ebook copy on Amazon or Smashwords.

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Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

Bleeding Hearts Cover Reveal

With only 16 days left until Bleeding Hearts comes out, my book cover is finally here!

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Isn’t it wonderful?? This was designed by Cora Graphics.

If you want to join me and some other great authors in my virtual release party on August 27th, you can do so on Facebook. There will be games, prizes, and free books!!

In case you forgot or are seeing this for the first time, here’s the blurb for Bleeding Hearts:

Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

Remember to get your copy on release day, AUGUST 25!